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@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 November 2019 - 11:33 PM)

But that requires actually going IN walmart. ;P

@  Liege : (11 November 2019 - 11:22 PM)

Pro tip for anyone hunting the for the Walmart 35th exclusives: try the seasonal aisles rather than the toy section. I found the display with all the exclusives and a bunch of the reflector wave practically untouched amongst those novelty arcade machines and a bunch of frozen merch.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Although that does spark an idea for me. In a new continuity, Censere the Necrobot could be the herald Cityspeaker for Quintessa the Necrotitan just to play on their monikers utilizing Greek for dead, nekrós.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:26 PM)

I hate to burst your bubble, Maximus Ambus, but 90% of things said in IDW turned out to be amnesiac half-rememberings courtesy of Adaptus or outright lies courtesy of Shockwave.

@  Jenny : (11 November 2019 - 08:54 AM)

The toy's designed to look like Wipe-Out, anyway.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 08:14 AM)

Didn't they try to retcon that into a figure of speech because that connection went against everybody else's long-term plans?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 November 2019 - 03:53 AM)

There's still some connection given Trypticon was created by Mortilus.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 12:12 AM)

Yeah that toy doesn't exactly look like Necrobot.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 08:24 PM)

But.... it's just "Necro" not "Necrobot".

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 November 2019 - 05:10 PM)

But why does the God of Death need a giant space kaiju? Wait, never mind, answered my own question.

@  Maximus Ambus : (10 November 2019 - 02:15 PM)

Yowza I just realised Titans Trypticon comes with Necro AKA Censere AKA Mortilus.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

I... think the best equivalent would actually be the British "There is room for improvement".

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

There's always a sense of irony to it, but what the ratio between irony (you really failed) and straightworwardness (at least you achieved something) is depends on the situation and the speaker.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:12 PM)

The meaning can be both literal (you succeed on one level but fail on another), or it can be utterly ironic (you fail in every regard but the most technical; or even worse, "you really gave your best"), and anything in between.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:10 PM)

For example: A singer can hit the notes really well, but clearly isn't a native speaker and what little of the lyrics you can make out sounds nothing like what it's supposed to be.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:06 PM)

The premise seems to be the mixing of technical and aesthetic technical qualities towards the overall success.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:05 PM)

But both "hollow victory" and pyrrhic victory" are referring to having lost as much as you've gained. IE; a battle was won but both armies were destroyed. The town being seiged is victorious, but all the soldiers are still dead. Nevermore's concept is more "You did it, but it's so ugly we don't know if you actually succeeded".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Alternately, one could probably also call it a "hollow victory".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Example: In the Powerpuff Girls episode "Uh Oh Dynamo", the monster-of-the-day was a really tough, giant-size one that required the use of a really destructive mech to defeat it. While the monster was ultimately beaten, the city of Townsville was utterly trashed by the mech's weapons in the process. So, while the city was saved from the monster, it was harmed even worse by the mech that saved it, making the victory bittersweet.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:32 AM)

@Nevermore, sounds to me like what one might call a "bittersweet victory". The goal was met, but at great cost or by disastrous result that call into question if the achieved goal could even be called a success.

@  Arvegtor : (10 November 2019 - 09:40 AM)

Seems to be close enough to "Pyrrhic victory"

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

What do you get from putting the German term through a translator?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 08:57 AM)

That is a ridiculously interesting concept. But I don't think english has a singular term for what you're describing.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 08:28 AM)

Is there an English equivalent for what we Germans call "deductions in the B rating"? Context: Someone did something and suceeded on a technical level (as in, achieved the intended goal), but failed to some degree in the details, i.e. there was some collateral damage, or while a technical success, the end result is an aestetic failure. It can be used highly ironically, as in "barely achieved the intended goal, but failed so much in every aspect that's not purely technical that it might as well be considered an utter failure altogether." The German term is derived from the old judging syste in figure skating, which gave separate ratings for "technical merit" and "presentation", with the latter being the origin of the German term.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (10 November 2019 - 02:32 AM)

Huh. I did not know before today that "medieval" had an alternate spelling "mediaeval". Like "paleontology" and "palaeontology".

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 November 2019 - 04:15 PM)

'Beast Wars in underrated' the comment went. I exploded.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:19 PM)

Absolutely.

@  wonko the sane? : (09 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

So... you can look like a cop from the 70's AND a huge nerd at the same time?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:09 PM)

I feel like the best way to carry the Switch would be an under-arm torso holster.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 12:31 PM)

It's not. hell. If the 3DS zelda case just stretched a LITTLE more it would fit.

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 November 2019 - 03:38 AM)

I feel like the Switch Lite is a bit big to have hanging on your belt like that, but I don't take my Switch out with me often anyway.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 01:13 AM)

I must be the only one who wants a switch lite case with a belt loop. o.O

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 November 2019 - 03:03 PM)

I'm gonna have "Chainsaw Buffet" and "Candy For the Cannibal" by Lordi playing in my head all night.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 November 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Trick or treaters can only consent to cannibalism in Germania.

@  Sabrblade : (07 November 2019 - 12:12 PM)

Hey, if the trick or treaters can't take some loving insults, that's their problem.

@  Arazyr : (07 November 2019 - 11:39 AM)

Just make sure to put the leftovers in the fridge, so they don't get spoiled.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I love children... but I can never eat a whole one.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 November 2019 - 09:52 AM)

I can neither confirm nor deny this allegation.

@  Paladin : (07 November 2019 - 09:46 AM)

...you don't roast the trick or treaters, do you....

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:38 AM)

A cold beer, a warm fire, some smores and trick or treaters... Man, you got this life thing down.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

That actually sounds pretty awesome.

@  MEDdMI : (07 November 2019 - 08:59 AM)

we'll move to the open garage if it's raining

@  MEDdMI : (07 November 2019 - 08:58 AM)

every Halloween since we got a house, TMM and I chill in the driveway with a fire bowl and roast things while handing out candy. It's pretty great.

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 November 2019 - 03:42 AM)

Peter Cullen voiced King Kong let that sink in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 November 2019 - 11:42 PM)

I've noticed that after a year or two, though, people with children will start getting into it for their kids

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 November 2019 - 11:41 PM)

I think a lot of the decline you see in Halloween is due to newcomers to Canada who don't really get it... I mean,there are only a handful of countries in the world that practice this particular oddity

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (06 November 2019 - 12:29 PM)

I recently attended a talk on Samhain and its associated mythology by a professor from Limerick.

@  Otaku : (06 November 2019 - 11:49 AM)

Trunk or Treats have become more popular because it is supposed to be safer, and even if it isn't, it just tends to be easier for the Trick-or-Treaters.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 November 2019 - 11:00 AM)

That's okay: between ever more extreme weather, ever more violent society, and general paranoia of parents: halloweens not doing to well out here either.

@  Anonymous X : (06 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

We used to have Bonfire Night here in the UK as our thing instead of Halloween... It's withered away for the most part. Halloween used to be the strange American tradition you knew of from ET or various cartoons


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:25 PM

That was a lovely episode. I was sad to hear she was leaving from the start, but they handled it really well. I too was worried she'd get Tasha'd, so at least she might reappear down the road.


 
 
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:03 AM

I'm glad no tasha'd. And my lord was it an emotionally character driven story. I eat that shit up.

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 02:43 AM

1) Gordon shouldn't call his family trash in front of his dad.

 

2) Will that new security chief use a gun or does he prefer a knife?

He'll use his trunk to discharge something gross.

 

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 01:05 PM

Putting Bob Picardo and John Billingsly on screen together might be the best thing the show has done.  It never really occurred to me that Star Trek had two consecutive wacky doctors.

 

Frustrating things in last week's episode:

  • Alara can't get out of her chair at all until she can suddenly stand up and kick ass.  It would have been so much more effective if she had struggled and had to improvise and think her way out of the situation rather than just suddenly be fine.
  • The ship has artificial gravity and hosts numerous species.  You can't just adjust Alara's quarters so she's exposed to high gravity part-time?  Or at least give a plausible reason why that can't be done.
  • I'm very fond of Patrick Warburton, and kudos to the show for being bold with alien prosthetics.  But he has two esophaguses because his species eats so much.  But he only has one mouth, and he's not shoving food into it at a ridiculous rate.  The whole idea is just an unfunny joke that doesn't make sense.  Ahd also, he talks like a bro.  All the wackiest aliens talk like bros.  If he's going to replace Alara permenantly, I hope they find a way to make him interesting.

The Orville is such a mixed bag for me.  It has some genuinely good sci-fi storytelling.  The humor is distracting more often than it's actually funny.  Most damningly, it tries too hard to be Star Trek, going so far as to regularly feature Star Trek regulars.  It's not constrained by the rules of Star Trek, but it just won't reach out and forge its own identity.  It seems perfectly content to be off-brand Star Trek.

 

I did notice that they upgraded the tables in the mess hall this season.  A big improvement over the terrible faux-wood things they had last season.



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Posted 14 January 2019 - 01:10 PM

In its defense, I'm perfectly happy with it being off brand star trek. It gets to homage whatever it wants while being tied to nothing. It's perfect to me. It also doesnt take itself super seriously, until it wants to which I adore.
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 01:20 PM

I'm glad no tasha'd. And my lord was it an emotionally character driven story. I eat that shit up.

I adore this show.

I loved the pickle jar...


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Posted 14 January 2019 - 03:02 PM

Regarding Alara in the chair, I'm thinking the point there was she could get out of it, she struggled because on a subconscious level, she didn't want to as she related more with her spiritual family on the Orville then her biological family on her homeworld. The part where she got up shown she made her choice.

If not, she's as bad as grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka.


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Posted 14 January 2019 - 04:12 PM

In its defense, I'm perfectly happy with it being off brand star trek. It gets to homage whatever it wants while being tied to nothing. It's perfect to me. It also doesnt take itself super seriously, until it wants to which I adore.


Me, too.

But in the credits, where it says "Created By Seth MacFarlane", it should just say "Created By Star Trek".

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 09:58 PM

Hey, whatever allows it to exist. I'm not asking questions.
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Posted 15 January 2019 - 12:25 AM

Well Brannon Braga is producing this show. There's bound to be some 90's Trek DNA injected into this.



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Posted 15 January 2019 - 03:58 PM

 

In its defense, I'm perfectly happy with it being off brand star trek. It gets to homage whatever it wants while being tied to nothing. It's perfect to me. It also doesnt take itself super seriously, until it wants to which I adore.


Me, too.

But in the credits, where it says "Created By Seth MacFarlane", it should just say "Created By Star Trek".

 

I mean, something has to try to be Star Trek while Star Trek is trying to be Star Wars.


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Posted 15 January 2019 - 06:04 PM

Is the double esophagus guy permanent?  I like Patrick Warburton, but it felt like a waste to put him in there.



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Posted 16 January 2019 - 02:17 AM

I think they said he was a temp otherwise he isn't written as a keeper.


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Posted 16 January 2019 - 07:22 AM

Yeah, I read that a permanent replacement is coming later in the season. 

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 12:25 AM

Cute Guardians of the Galaxy reference in tonight's episode.  ("Charlie-27" is part of a code string.)

 

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 11:03 AM

There was an Andromeda reference a few episodes ago too (Kelly's boyfriend was quizzing his class about The Battle of Tarazed).

Someone on this show knows their sci-fi.

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 11:53 AM

Gotta say, I never really expected to have a Billy Joel song used in space opera, much less so effectively.

 

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 12:07 PM

There was an Andromeda reference a few episodes ago too (Kelly's boyfriend was quizzing his class about The Battle of Tarazed).

Someone on this show knows their sci-fi.

I think that's actually most of the writing staff, honestly, considering you've got at least half of Star Trek's old regular writing crew in the mix. 


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Posted 18 January 2019 - 01:18 PM

Mercer was going to have the Krill ask the biggest question ever, "So who exactly can understand the baby talking?".



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Posted 18 January 2019 - 10:16 PM

This week was a pretty solid episode.  A bit of a predictable story, perhaps, of the Krill having sympathy for her target, but executed well.

 

The Rorschach test gag made me laugh.





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